Police fatally shoot suspect during altercation in Venice

A man who reportedly fought with a bar bouncer and was harassing passersby near Windward and Pacific avenues in Venice was shot and killed Tuesday night during a scuffle with police.

Officers from the LAPD’s Pacific Division responded to the intersection at 11 p.m. after receiving reports of the fight and the suspect’s aggression toward others, LAPD officer Jane Kim said.

“Officers confronted the suspect and a physical alteration occurred, resulting in an officer-involved shooting. The suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his injuries,” Kim said.

A description of the man was not immediately available, and police were not yet able to confirm reports that he was homeless, she said.

Police use of force in the incident is under department review and investigators are still seeking out witnesses and surveillance camera footage. Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division at (213) 486-5230.

— Joe Piasecki

Rubin begins fast for nuclear disarmament
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Having led the successful charge to save Paul Conrad’s anti-nukes Chain Reaction sculpture from the scrap heap, Santa Monica activist Jerry Rubin was headed to the public art landmark once again yesterday — this time to begin a fast to call for the abolishment of nuclear weapons.

Rubin, 71, said he’s engaged in about 45 fasts during his 35-year career as an activist, largely for environmental causes and opposition to nuclear arms. He plans to drink only water and juices during his month-long fast, which he expects to continue until Aug. 6

Rubin’s fasts have been inspired by social justice leaders Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Knowing they fasted strengthens me personally, and it’s something that I can do to inspire others to help,” he said.

Rubin begins his fast at 6 p.m. Wednesday near Chain Reaction, in the 1800 block of Main Street in Santa Monica.

Considering his age and the physical toll of fasting, Rubin said he won’t take chances with his health.

“I’m not as young as I once was. I want to clearly emphasize that if [the fast] harms me I’ll stop it. I’m not trying to be a martyr,” Rubin said with a chuckle.

— Gary Walker

Walgrove fundraiser planned

Friends of Walgrove Elementary School, the parent-led fundraising arm for the Mar Vista campus, will on Friday host its fifth annual Walk-A-Thon to fund physical education classes at the school.

Walgrove Elementary’s P.E. program is paid for by families, not LAUSD funds. The group hopes to raise $20,000 to keep the program going next year and has so far collected $8,700 in donations.

Visit friendsofwalgrove.com for more information.

— Joe Piasecki

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